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Trudeau lacks means to end Alberta-B.C. feud

Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
In the escalating feud between Alberta and British Columbia over the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is—for now—a referee without a whistle. Much as he might want to call…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
It's a divided NDP family that will gather in Ottawa late next week for the party's first national convention under leader Jagmeet Singh. The last time the New Democrats got together, two years ago in…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's year may be off to a rough start. Two national polls published back to back this week suggest the official opposition's fall offensive in the House of Commons has failed to…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
There may come a time when Justin Trudeau falls out of love with the open town halls that are becoming a yearly feature of his tenure as prime minister. When the mood of the country…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
On the morning after his party endured a quadruple byelection beating, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh had this to offer on Twitter: "Each and every one of us has an inherent self worth. Nurture and grow…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Perhaps as early as next week, a Quebec court will be asked to suspend the recent provincial prescription that anyone dispensing or receiving provincial and municipal services do so with one's face uncovered. Those challenging…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—To understand Denis Coderre's stunning mayoral defeat at the hands of Valérie Plante, a city councillor unknown to most Montrealers only a few months ago, it is useful to turn the clock back four years…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Somewhere in the Quebec government's legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the…
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With the selection of Jagmeet Singh as NDP leader, the 2019 federal leadership lineup is now complete. It will be strikingly different from that on offer only two years ago on not one but two…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Canada is edging closer to the July 2018 target date for the legalization of marijuana in a haze of political smoke. With every new development, the gap between the political narrative attending the initiative and…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Did Stephen Harper's approach to Quebec accelerate the decline of the sovereignty movement, or was the former prime minister just the accidental beneficiary of a collective desire on the part of Quebecers to move on…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—The numbers are in and they don't bode well for the NDP in Quebec, regardless of the outcome of the party's upcoming leadership vote. The enthusiasm that attended the 2011 orange wave has given way…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled on Wednesday to Montreal—ground zero of the intense media coverage of the asylum-seeking issue—to try to unknit some of his own knitting. He met with the interprovincial task force set up to…
MONTREAL—In the city that I’ve called home for the past 20 years, one would have been hard-pressed to find signs last week that Saturday was a special Canada Day. A bicycle ride across town on…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
There was time not so long ago when the very notion of a federal government funding some June 24 festivities in Quebec would have raised eyebrows on both sides of the federalist-sovereigntist divide. Ottawa has…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
As Justin Trudeau's government approaches mid-mandate, he remains the most popular government leader in the country. But that says as much, if not more, about the lacklustre standing of the current set of premiers as…
MONTREAL—There was a time not so long ago when the very notion of a federal government funding some June 24 festivities in Quebec would have raised eyebrows on both sides of the federalist-sovereigntist divide. Ottawa…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
With the House of Commons adjourning for the summer, time for a look in the rearview mirror at four leading MPs who were on their game over the first half of the parliamentary year ...…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Pressed this weekend to say whether he would run federally if he failed to become national NDP leader next fall, Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh was studiously noncommittal. "I will continue to fight in the provincial…
MONTREAL—Almost two years into her mandate, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has clocked more time on her feet in the House of Commons defending the indefensible appointment of a close member of the Liberal family to…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—The Liberal foreign policy statement on June 6 and national defence reset a day later are interlocking pieces of the same political puzzle. To examine one in isolation from the other is to risk distorting the…
TORONTO—Connect the dots that led to Andrew Scheer's narrow Conservative leadership victory and what you have is a triumph of retail politics over big ideas. Stephen Harper's Conservatives lived and eventually died on the battlefield…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—At this time last year, Madeleine Meilleur was a long-serving cabinet minister in the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne. Over her 13 years at Queen's Park she held a number of portfolios under two premiers.…
MONTREAL—With sovereignty on the backburner in Quebec for the foreseeable future, is there life for the Parti Québécois as a defining political force? Or is the party that nearly secured a majority pro-secession vote in…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
A betting person might wager that Jagmeet Singh—unless he stumbles badly and quickly out of the gate—could soon be the candidate to beat in the battle for Thomas Mulcair's succession. With solid roots in the…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
On the morning after Tuesday's British Columbia election, there was no ready acknowledgement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office of the results of the provincial vote in Canada's third-largest province and no boilerplate salute to…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
So much for sunny ways! As Justin Trudeau’s government nears the halfway mark of its first mandate, finding some willingness to engage in adult conversation on either side of the House of Commons is almost…
MONTREAL—With the Conservative crown slipping from his grasp, Kevin O’Leary settled on becoming kingmaker last week. But will the decision to throw his support to Maxime Bernier do the trick? On that, the evidence is…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—In the big picture, the world is probably having a decent week when Donald Trump turns his rhetorical guns on Canada rather than on North Korea or Russia. On the scale of a nuclear showdown,…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Ever since last fall's American presidential election campaign, Justin Trudeau has played nice with Donald Trump, routinely bending over backward to avoid taking the new administration head-on. Parsing the prime minister's comments on Trump's eventful…
MONTREAL—Justin Trudeau wants Canadians to see his plan to legalize marijuana as a massive government intervention to save the country's youth from the perils of cannabis. "We want to make it more difficult for kids…
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
If he wants to avoid spending the 2019 campaign walking on the shards of yet another broken signature promise, Justin Trudeau has little choice but to make good on his promise to legalize marijuana in…

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